Biggles and Cruise of the Condor

Biggles and Cruise of the Condor

W. E. Johns

Language: English

Pages: 124


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A dull murmur, like distant thunder, reached their ears and brought Biggles to his feet with a rush. 'What is it?' he gasped.-At the first sound Dickpa had leapt for the flashlight. 'Quick,' he snapped, as the floor of the cave sagged sickeningly. 'Get out - it's an earthquake! Ah - stop!' he screamed. A visit to Biggles' uncle, Dickpa, lands Biggles, Algy and mechanic Smyth in a dangerous adventure looking for an ancient Inca treasure hoard.


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been shot at before, don't forget.' Again they stood listening, trying to hear some sound which might let them know whether Biggles had been captured or whether he had escaped. 'Shh!' breathed Algy. 'Don't move. Under the apple-tree, over in the corner—I saw a movement. Look! There's another of them—over by the yew hedge. They're making for the house. All right, we'll give them something to think about.' He hurried through to the hall, closely followed by Dickpa, and picked up the heavy

blocks of stone on which he had been carving lay beside his lifeless body, just as they had fallen from his nerveless grasp when the cold hand of death had struck him down. In every house they visited, the same pitiful sight met their sympathetic gaze, and, overawed by the atmosphere of tragedy and decay that seemed to pervade the very air, the little party slowly reached the foot of the path. 'Did you notice anything—peculiar—about the—people-we have seen?' whispered Dickpa, for speech seemed

him in cold blood, the devils,' broke in Dickpa. Biggles sat silent in his cockpit for a moment, and, when he looked up, his face wore a strange expression. 'One day-soon, I hope-I shall kill them,' he said stonily. Chapter 16 Combat Tactics Over a hurried meal, Biggles briefly described his adventures since his leap for life on the swaying bridge. Dickpa was very intrigued at the description of his battle with the great white bird, which he told him must have been one of the very rare

natives fear them more than all the crocodiles and big water-snakes put together.' 'I can see I shan't do much swimming,' muttered Biggles with a grimace. 'And did you say snakes?' 'Oh, yes, you'll find snakes everywhere, both on the land and in the water, including some of the largest in the world. They often run upwards of twenty feet in length. I could tell you some queer tales about snakes,' mused the old explorer reflectively. 'I shouldn't, not unless you want me to change my mind about

absolutely nothing except what I have told you. There are no habitations or places where food can be obtained. Isn't there some sort of aeroplane which can come down on both land and water? I seem to remember seeing pictures of such a machine in the papers, a—a—what was it called?' 'Amphibian,' said Biggles quickly. 'That's right,' said Dickpa. 'But perhaps I had better tell you that the actual treasure is on, or rather in, a hill. I'll tell you how I stumbled on it, then you'll get a better

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